Updated 11:21 am, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Photo: Dave Orrick, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2015, file photo, a handful of rice is seen after being harvested near Zerkel, Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill Wednesday, May 30, 2018, that he said would have unlawfully undermined Minnesota's ability to enforce its water quality standard for protecting wild rice. (Dave Orrick /Pioneer Press via AP, File) less FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2015, file photo, a handful of rice is seen after being harvested near Zerkel, Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill Wednesday, May 30, 2018, that he said would have unlawfully ... more Photo: Dave Orrick, AP Dayton vetoes revised bill on wild rice water standards 1 / 1 Back to Gallery ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill … [Read more...] about Dayton vetoes revised bill on wild rice water standards
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Keith Matheny and Katrease Stafford Detroit Free Press Published 10:01 p.m. UTC May 21, 2018 Detroit Renewable Power, the large, long-standing solid waste incinerator just off I-94 and I-75, has exceeded pollution emissions standards more than 750 times over the last five years, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality records show. Most of the incidents were not considered violations by the DEQ, however. They were dismissed because the pollution event was a minimal percentage of the incinerator's overall emissions or occurred during startup or shutdown, when environmental regulations provide more leeway for emitters. The DEQ, in a negotiation with Detroit Renewable Power and Michigan Attorney General's Office, agreed last June to a consent order citing the company for only eight pollution incidents from 2015 and 2016. The total penalty was $149,000. "That's really the tool we have to try to bring them into compliance," said Todd Zynda, the … [Read more...] about Detroit Renewable Power waste incinerator pollutes. Is DEQ doing enough?
The top United States official at the international agency charged with overseeing efforts to stem ongoing water pollution in the Tijuana River Valley resigned Monday.The departure of Edward Drusina, former commissioner of the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission, or IBWC, comes as the agency continues to face legal attacks from South Bay cities that routinely shutter beaches due to pollution from south of the border.Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego took legal action against the IBWC in March, suing the agency for failing to adequately control everything from sewage to industrial waste to pesticides to massive amounts of trash that flow through the Tijuana River and into the Pacific Ocean.“I asked for his resignation or firing over three years ago,” said Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. “He did almost nothing to advance efforts to clean up the Tijuana River.”Officials with the U.S. IBWC said the departure of … [Read more...] about Head of federal water agency overseeing efforts to combat Tijuana Sewage steps down
Steve Karnowski, Associated Press Updated 2:02 pm, Monday, April 30, 2018 Photo: Dave Orrick, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2015, file photo, a handful of rice is seen after being harvested near Zerkel, Minn. The Minnesota Senate voted Monday, April 30, 2018, to nullify a water quality standard that's meant to protect wild rice, a food central to the culture and diet of the region's Ojibwe Indians. Senators voted to add $500,000 for restoration work to the bill, which passed the House last week, so the legislation will have to go back to the House before it goes to Gov. Mark Dayton. (Dave Orrick/Pioneer Press via AP, File) less FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2015, file photo, a handful of rice is seen after being harvested near Zerkel, Minn. The Minnesota Senate voted Monday, April 30, 2018, to nullify a water quality standard that's meant ... more … [Read more...] about Senate votes to nullify Minnesota wild rice water standard
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s spiraling ethics scandals and perilous job status were big news this week, but he also made headlines with his latest assault on President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy. “Pruitt Announces Rollback of Obama-Era Auto Fuel Efficiency Rule,” ABC News reported. “EPA’s Pruitt Kills Obama’s Auto Rules,” the Washington Examiner put it. The New York Times analyzed how the furor over Pruitt’s behavior has overshadowed his triumphs over regulation: “For Scott Pruitt, a Spotlight Shines on His Ethics, Not His EPA Rollbacks.” But Pruitt did not kill or roll back Obama’s strict fuel-efficiency standards; he merely announced his intention to launch a process that could eventually weaken them. In fact, Pruitt has not yet killed or rolled back any significant regulations that were in place when President Donald Trump took office. While Pruitt is often hailed (or attacked) as Trump’s … [Read more...] about The Myth of Scott Pruitt’s EPA Rollback